Friday, September 16, 2011

Teaching Service to Children

One of the most important things to me as a momma is to instill within my children a love for service. A love of helping those in need and never thinking you are too small or don’t have the resources to help.
In our home everyone works together to help the house run as smoothly as possible. My children are in the kitchen helping by the time they are two years old. By the time they are six or seven they are preparing simple, non-cooked, dishes like tuna salad, salad, peanut butter sandwiches etc. And now that my oldest is nine she is putting simple lunches on the table with minimal help and baking cookies entirely by herself. I do still closely supervise/put them in and out of the oven because we have a built in oven and she is not quite tall enough to safely do so. But she would have the ability if our appliance situation was different.

We also do lots and lots of buddy system work. I will often pair up my children for different tasks throughout the day. No one really has a specific “buddy” but they are very used to helping and serving others in our family by helping out younger siblings whenever needed or asked.

This year I am also working on showing our children that they are never too young to make a difference. After our youngest son had a NICU stay in November following his birth, our family was blessed to use some of the services provided by the Ronald McDonald House charities. So, this summer my girls are working on raising money to “give back” to this wonderful group of people at the hospital where he was. We have baked and sold cookies, they have done yard work, and also sold some of their toys at a yard sale to raise money.

So far they have raised over $100! We are planning a big delivery on my son’s first birthday in November. And we are all looking forward to serving other families in need in this way.

Serving others is something all of us should be focused on….
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. Galatians 5:13
And living a life of service must become a part of us. It should be as natural as breathing, this service of others. So, I challenge you today to begin to cultivate a servant’s heart in your children. Both within your family and outside, it will help them to lead a life that will impact this world for good.

Are you teaching your children to serve others? If so, share your ideas and techniques with the rest of us, please. Leave me comment and let’s start serving others!!

Written by Happily Domestic contributor – Amanda Sikes
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